Afghanistan is reaping the benefits of its cricketers playing in T20 leagues across the world: Rashid Khan

by IANS |

Dubai, Aug 30 (IANS) Charismatic Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan believes the fact his country's cricketers play in various domestic leagues across the world and bring that experience back into the side is perhaps the reason for the team doing well in the shortest format of the game.

Afghanistan began their campaign in the Asia Cup in the UAE, thrashing Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Group B on August 27, signalling they cannot be taken lightly with a wealth of talent in the side.

Opener Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave a rollicking start to the chase after left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi had grabbed three wickets to demolish the former Asia Cup champions to 105 in 19.4 overs.

As Afghanistan look set to take on Bangladesh in their second Group B match in Sharjah later on Tuesday, Rashid, who has also honed his batting and bowling skills playing in various T20 leagues across the world, including the Indian Premier League, said to ESPNcricinfo that the lack of experience in Test cricket is compensated by playing in the T20 leagues.

"We don't play a lot of longer format cricket. It is about the FTP (Future Tours Programme), and not in the players' hands. We want to play a lot of international cricket, so that our youngsters can understand the environment to improve their skills. Since we play a lot of international leagues, it gives us the opportunity to learn from the best players. We bring that experience to the international team. We share that with the rest of the team.

"Especially in the batting department it helps if we play more international leagues. If there's international duty, you have to be present. It is always first priority. But we are hopeful of playing more international games in the coming years," Rashid, who played a key role in guiding Gujarat Titans to victory in IPL 2022, was quoted as saying in the report.

Rashid felt whoever is able to handle pressure better in the Asia Cup clash later on Tuesday will have the advantage.

"We have more youngsters now than before. Most of the guys enjoy this short format. We are playing in Sharjah after a long time, but at the same time, our cricket remains the same. We know our roles. We are playing Bangladesh away for the first time since Dehradun, so it has been four years. At the same time, whoever plays better cricket and controls their nerve in the big game, they will do the best. As a team, we will prepare well and go with a fresh mind and enjoy the cricket."

Latest News
TRP scam spooks again: ED books 16 for money laundering; 'exonerates' Republic TV Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 03:55 PM
Cong prez poll: MLAs from MP to reach Delhi to back Digvijaya Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 03:32 PM
Kerala HC asks PFI to deposit Rs 5.20 cr for damage during bandh Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 03:30 PM
Yemeni govt receives UN proposal for 6-month truce extension Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 03:04 PM
S.Korean Prez, Kamala Harris share concern over N.Korea Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 03:00 PM
First NCW chairperson Jayanti Patnaik passes away Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 02:49 PM
Nadda in Odisha to address workers, visit Jagannath temple Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 02:39 PM
Surat will soon be known as 'Electric Vehicle city', says PM Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 02:18 PM
Digvijaya to file nomination for Cong prez polls Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 02:17 PM
Microsoft to discontinue SwiftKey on iOS devices on Oct 5 Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 01:37 PM
Cong crisis: All eyes set on Gehlot-Sonia meet today Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 01:34 PM
'Gen Bajwa advised Imran that PM House unsafe for important conversations' Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 01:19 PM
Austria starts checks at Slovak border to stop illegal migrants Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 01:15 PM
Three held for thrashing mentally ill man Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 01:05 PM
SC: All women entitled to safe and legal abortion Thu, Sep 29, 2022, 01:02 PM